After snappers made national headlines in Week One, things calmed down in the second week of the season. Jon Condo of the Raiders was able to return from a concussion and snap against the Dolphins. In case Condo could not go, the Raiders worked out six snappers last Tuesday and signed rookie client Nick Guess, who was in camp with the Chargers. Guess was originally signed to the practice squad but elevated to the regular roster Saturday. Guess was inactive for the game once Condo was cleared to return Sunday morning.
Condo’s injury situation put a great deal of focus on the contingency plans each team has if their regular snapper is hurt during a game. Many teams used the past week to give their backup snappers extra practice time. Among the players who serve as emergency snappers include Eric Wood (Buffalo), Matt Spaeth (Chicago), John Phillips (Dallas), Dan Kilgore (San Francisco), Austin Spitler (Miami), Joel Dreessen (Denver) and Todd McClure (Atlanta).
Client Justin Snow handled all the snaps for the Redskins who lost Nick Sundberg to a broken arm in Week One. Sundberg has been placed on injured reserve but, under a new rule this year, could return after eight weeks. Capitalizing on his fame for snapping with a broken arm, Sundberg has a series of shirts to commemorate the event available on his website at sundbergit.com.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated did an excellent detailed analysis of the Packers fake field goal for a touchdown in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column. Critical to the play was the role of the Packers outnumbered blockers, including snapper and client Brett Goode.
Six snappers recorded solo tackles this week. Patrick Mannelly (Bears), Zak DeOssie (Giants), Jon Dorenbos (Eagles), Matt Overton (Colts), Mike Windt (Chargers) and Greg Warren (Steelers) each had tackles. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Two is below.